Prescription to Get Active update
February 12, 2021
Prescription to Get Active (RxTGA) has launched a new service delivery model to support virtual health care during COVID-19.
During a virtual appointment, healthcare professionals can provide patients with a verbal prescription* and direct them to register for the program on the RxTGA website.
*Please continue to use the official RxTGA pad or EMR script during in-person visits.
Registered patients will have free access to evidence-based programming and resources online or remotely to support safe and convenient physical activity, including:
- No obligation trials for online movement and exercise videos led by qualified fitness instructors
- Remote engagement and behavioural support
- Downloadable guides (e.g., Balance Guide for Seniors, Stretching Program)
All physician members are eligible to participate in the RxTGA program.
If you have any questions about RxTGA, or need to request prescription pads for in-person appointments, please contact your Physician Liaison.
Recreation and fitness facilities free trial access
This new programming and support are available in addition to free trial access to over 145 recreation and fitness facilities in Alberta through RxTGA.
Recreation and fitness facilities are currently operating under provincial public health restrictions that may impact access to the free trials.
Patients who are comfortable visiting a recreation or fitness facility can do so by presenting facility staff with the auto response they receive after registering on the RxTGA website or the hard copy of the prescription. They should call ahead to ask how the restrictions impact the free trials.
Recreation and fitness facilities are expected to follow the government guidance for sport, physical activity, and recreation for COVID-19.
Patient eligibility criteria:
- Patient is below the Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines
- Children and youth (0 - 17 years): Less than 60 minutes per day
- Adults and seniors (18 - 65-plus years): Less than 150 minutes per week
- Patient is able to participate in unsupervised physical activity without medical clearance
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